BEIJING was hit by the biggest Covid outbreak in 18 months just DAYS before the opening of the Winter Olympics.
Although executing what has been described as world’s tightest lockChina’s capital has been ravaged by infections that threaten to plunge the international sporting event into turmoil.
The country’s brutal “zero Covid” policy seems to have backfired at its worst when officials announced parts of Phong Dai district were on lockdown.
About two million people are set to be tested after a spike in cases ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Winer Games on February 4.
China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reported 20 new cases in Beijing today, marking the highest number of infections since June 2020.
And Covid has also managed to enter the Olympics’ “closed-loop” bubble, after organizers reported 34 new infections.
This includes 13 athletes or officials arriving at the airport, who were sent off just five days before the match started.
Games medical director Brian McCloskey said Friday was a “peak period” for arrivals, saying: “We expect peak numbers at this stage.”
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Athletes who test positive are only allowed to participate in the sporting event if they give two negative results in one day.
Officials at the NHC reported a total of 54 new cases nationwide on Sunday, although locals have been subject to draconian restrictions since the first outbreak.
People living in closed areas are only allowed to leave their homes to get tested for Covid – or during a medical emergency.
The 13 million people living in the northern city of Xi’an have been banned from leaving their homes – even for essential reasons like buying food – to stem the rising wave of Covid infections.
Workers sprayed the entire city with clouds of disinfectant for a “full-scale” deep clean.
The number of cases increased during the Christmas period spooked officials when they saw them intensifying laws and punishments.
Anyone caught driving is at risk of being jailed after the worst outbreak in 21 months.
China even brought back its “unknown” anal Covid swab just weeks before the Winter Olympics begin in an effort to prevent an outbreak of cases.
No tickets were sold to foreign audiences or locals due to the spike in infectious diseases.
The already miniaturized Olympic torch relay will be cut off from the public to prevent the virus from spreading.
Princess Anne withdrew from the event due to “difficulty in travel restrictions”.
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